Seven first-time members have been named to the 2009 board of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association, according to chairman Steven Washburn.

Washburn, owner / president of Washburn Custom Builders, leads the board, its 725 member companies and 30,000 residential construction industry jobs it represents in Pima and Cochise counties.

New directors are Brad Bauer of Bauer Homes, Jeff Grobstein of Meritage Homes, David Grounds of Dorn Homes, Al LeCocq of LeCocq Construction, Michael Leung of Red Point Development, Eric Montgomery of D.R. Horton Homes and Bill Viner of Pepper-Viner Homes.

Joining Washburn as 2009 SAHBA executive officers are first vice chair Michael Whyde of Pepper-Viner Homes, second vice chair Ed Castelhano of Becklin Construction, secretary Martha Wright of Southwest Gas, and treasurer John Shorbe of Canoa Development.

Elected to the board are builder directors Craig Campbell of Miramonte Homes, Shawn Chlarson of Pulte Homes, Sanjay Madhvani of Sombra Homes, John McCaleb of McCaleb Construction, Steve Moore of Richmond American Homes, Merrill Niles of Niles Custom Homes, and Jeff Willmeng of Willmeng Homes.

Associate directors are Michael Bolchalk of Bolchalk Frey Marketing, Erin Fitzgerald of First American Title, Brigid Gannon of Gannon Utility Consulting, Dan Hogan of Tucson Electric Power, Steve King of Fidelity National Title, Bob Kirk of Southwest Desert Images, Dennis Merideth of OneSource Benefit Planning, Marty Mincer of Southern Arizona Glassworks, Wocky Redsar of WVR Consulting, Mike Rutherford of Rutherford Diversified Industries, Carl Schroeder of Kadon Realty, and John Strobeck of Bright Future Business Consultants.

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